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  1. Tobacco and Baseball

    Did anyone else read Jim Caple’s recent article on ESPN.com about Tony Gwynn and chewing tobacco? In the article he advocates for the ban of on-field use of chew in MLB, noting that it is already banned in MiLB. The topic at hand certainly evokes strong opinions; somewhere along the lines of individual freedoms vs. general health and well-being, with a whole host of other considerations on the side.

    I was drawn to the article because I was saddened and angered to learn that Gwynn’s ...
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  2. The Secret to hitting...

    We see it over and over, a player gets hot, he hits everything, then he slumps a little and it just continues.

    Heres what you do, Arcia being the prime target for this, sit him down, two-three games, never let him get into a prolonged slump and let him go for 5+ games whiffing at everything.

    Parmalee when he first came back did the same thing..then the slump..not three hits yesterday, in Arcia and Parmalee we have the ideal duo to do this.

    Joe needs to sit ...
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  3. Need a roster spot? Why not Arcia?

    Oswaldo Aria is one of my favorite Twins. When he came back up from his wrist injury, he brought energy, enthusiasm, and attitude along with his power stroke. Sadly, he has regressed big time in the month of June.
    In his last 10 games, here is his line, and it's not pretty:
    2-32(.063) with 17 K's, with 0 runs scored and 0 RBI's. On the positive side, he does have one double and one walk. His defensive play borders on little- league material.
    I believe it was in the Brewer series ...
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  4. Summary For Troy's Twins Chat For June 18, 2014

    Hello Twins Fans. Here’s abrief look at what dad and I talked about on tonight’s Troy’s Twins Chat show. We started off by discussing the recent week’s play for the Twins in Boston and Detroit. Also, I gave the pitching probables for the upcoming series against the Chicago White Sox. Towards the end of the show, we discussed Tony Gwynn and debated who was the best hitter since Ted Williams.

    To listen to the show, click on the following link.

    http://www.blogtalkradio.com/the ...
  5. D. J. Baxendale

    What's up with this guy? I was watching him last year, and he was absolutely lights out at Fort Meyers (something like 9-0) with a crazy low ERA. He was promoted to New Briton was was shelled!
    He started this year at New Briton again with the same results. I believe he was hurt, and sent back to Fort Meyers. Tonight he threw 6 scoreless innings. Is he a prospect or not?
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  6. Twins' Trade Bait and Why the Twins SHOULD Sell

    Visit http://gogonzojournal.com/top_storie...ns-should-sell for original post.

    After a devastating 2-1 extra-inning loss to the Boston Red Sox, Wednesday — their fifth straight — the Minnesota Twins, despite being just 6.5 games back, should start selling…and should be happy about it.

    For the first time in years the Twins have players that will be of interest to almost any contender and a general manager who won’t **** it up. They have a right- ...
  7. Potential Landing Spots for Josh Willingham

    5 days ago, Kyle Gibson pitched the Twins passed the Tigers to tighten the gap to only 3 games. Since, the team has endured an ugly, gut-wrenching 5 game losing streak to fall to 6 games under .500, 6.5 games back in the central, and 5 games back in the Wild Card.
    What this losing streak showed, especially the 3 game sweep in Boston, was that the Twins are probably done after being relevant for the better part of the first half. With this drop in the standings means in the need to sell ...
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  8. The Only Cup I Need is a Coffee Cup

    While the rest of America is struggling to find a seat on the World Cup bandwagon and spouting off regurgitated soccer stats, we here at Twins And Losses have been MIA. Plain and simple, we’ve been busy with life, and we suck! So here’s a photo that hopefully brings a smile to your faces:

    Some quick notes:
    - Kevin Correia’s monthly ERA total has gone down drastically ...
  9. Twins and Catcher Framing

    Glen Perkins talked about Josmil Pinto and his ability to frame pitches. He didn't mention Kurt Suzuki. I guess he wasn't asked. Nor was he asked about Ryan Doumit in previous years.

    Since 2011 it has been debated about the Twins decision making on catcher and defense. At best, they are waiting to see if the data that has been available for many season has validity. At worst, they are ignorant and that ignorance shows in their roster decisions as well as their development of catchers ...
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  10. Why Phil Hughes Is So Good Right Now

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ID:	7843I do not believe it is too much hyperbole to say that Phil Hughes is the greatest pitcher alive.

    That may be a bit extreme but it has been so long since the Minnesota Twins have been able to pencil in a strong candidate into the rotation that you forget what a good pitcher smells like.

    (Answer: Good pitchers smell like Cy Young Awards -- a combination of polished chrome, rich mahogany and saddlewood).

    Ok, so a Cy Young this year ...
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  11. Twins Prez Interested in Move From CR to St. Paul?

    In September of 2012, the Minnesota Twins announced a four-year affiliation agreement with the Cedar Rapids Kernels, with the Twins’ then-Senior Director of Minor Leagues Jim Rantz telling the media, “We are confident that this relationship will grow into one of the strongest affiliations in minor league baseball.”

    Less than two years later, the Twins organization appears to be flirting with another minor league ownership group with an eye toward moving their ...

    Updated 06-18-2014 at 11:29 AM by SD Buhr

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  12. Ranking the Twins All-Star Candidates

    Next month's All-Star Game is fast approaching and Target Field will serve as the center of the baseball universe.The starting rosters for the National League and the American League will be announced during the weekend of July 5th-6th and it doesn't seem likely for the Twins to have a starter elected by the fans.

    This leaves some question as to who should represent the hometown team in Minnesota's first Mid-Summer Classic since 1985.Joe Mauer has been named MLB's All-Star Ambassador ...
  13. Twins Minor League Report (6/17): Familiar Faces Shine

    Minnesota Twins starter Phil Hughes continued his renaissance of 2014, tossing a complete game effort in Fenway Park – a stadium in which he had owned a career ERA of 6.56 in – on Tuesday night. Unfortunately for him, the offense wasn’t to provide enough punch to avoid a tally in the loss column against Jon Lester.

    In the minors, one of the affiliates participated in their league’s All-Star Game, while a few familiar names in these reports continued their headlining play.
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  14. What is sustainable for Danny Santana?

    My first exposure to Danny Santana was a spring game against the Red Sox in March. While I certainly remember his flashy play (1-3 with a 2B, a walk and a SB), it was a costly 5th inning fielding error, leading to a 2-run Red Sox rally that gave the defending champs the game, that stuck with me as a perfect example of the inconsistency of Santana’s young career.

    That defensive inconsistency was the reason many assumed Santana’s first call-up in early May would be a short one, but he ...
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